Loja is a great place to get out walking. The terrain is challenging, so you will need to be reasonably fit. Paul Bateson and his partner Toni have years of experience of leading groups of runners and walkers in the area. You can guarantee that you will arrive as a stranger and leave as a friend.
Bandit country / Cordoba Province
One major advantage of having the Hike-Spain base in Cuesta la Palma near Loja in Granada Province is that we are on the border of Malaga Province and Cordoba Province. As the A92 motorway passes within a kilometre, it gives very fast easy access to a huge area of countryside, tracks, mountains, lakes, forests and interesting villages and towns.
For this first article, we visit Benameji, a small town in Cordoba province and one of seven (Jauja, Bandolatosa, Casariche, Corcoya, Alameda and Palenciana) which make up El Tempranillo’s lands.
Jose Marie “El Tempranillo”, born in 1805, became a bandit at the age of 16 hence his nickname “El Tempranillo” (a little early) and had a reputation as a thief who stole from the rich to give to the poor, the Andalucian Robin Hood. Many stories are written about him and the other bandits and we visit the Duchess of Benameji Thematic Centre, a 3 floor information centre which gives an overview of how banditry has been treated in the arts, cinema, theatre and paintings.
After visiting the centre, we take a walk around the town, stop for tapas and then take a walk along the banks of the Rio Genil via the ruins of La Acena, a flour mill dating from 1533. We follow tracks via the Bridge of Hernan Ruiz to the camp site following trails to the Genil river, the ruins of Castillo de Gomez Arias and three interesting old water wheels.
Other walks as part of a Three Provinces week (or two week) will include more bandit country plus Rute, Iznajar (Cordoba Province), Archidona, Antequera, Villanueva del Trabuco (Malaga Province) and Loja, Rio Frio (Granada Province)
If you are interested in a holiday with Hike-Spain, please contact Tina, and we can then tailor to your preferences.
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We are planning a walking trip to Loja between 8 and 22 December 2018.
If you are a member of the Hispanic Society of Carrickfergus, you will be able to get discounts of 5%. If you want to try the North of Scotland, there are also some great walks on the North Highland Way. If you join the Society, cost £20 per year, you can get a discount on being a Friend of the North Highland Way.